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In the heart of the village of Norridge lies the Norridge Park, home of the Norridge Park District. Being the main park of the village, this place is usually crowded with folks looking for some recreational activities. Among the facilities here are tennis courts, softball fields, playgrounds, a swimming pool, and basketball courts. The Norridge Park also plays host to community events, including sports events and concerts.
The Cernan Earth and Space Center is a public planetarium named after astronaut Eugene Cernan, one of the persons to leave his footprints on the moon. In the 44-foot (13-meter) dome theater, one will find a series of tech-savvy equipment. The Space Center has outstanding laser projections and a three-screen projection system, star projector, slide and special effects projectors, film projector and a sound system that has multiple speakers and channel mixers. The Cernan Center is ideal for school and college children to explore space through various public programs. Call or check out the website for costs and timings.
Located in downtown Park Ridge, the Hodges Park is a favorite recreational spot for the locals. Centrally located, and easily accessible by public transport, this park has allows for a good day spent outdoors with the family. There is also a War Memorial and two fountains here, which make for an aesthetic viewing. Call for more details.
The Riis Park is a fully-equipped community park that welcomes everyone. It is named in the honor of Jacob A. Riis, a renowned journalist and a social reformer. This sprawling park is replete with facilities and is an ideal spot for picnicking with your entire family. Sport lovers can choose from basketball, badminton, soccer, dodge ball and many other games. The not-so outdoorsy types can simply enjoy the cheerful atmosphere and picturesque setting of the park. That's not it, Riis Park also features a modern gymnasium, an assembly hall, special water park for the young ones, a swimming pool and an ice rink. If that is still not enough, it covers creative and cultural avenues too and hosts workshops, acting classes and similar other events. Check website for details.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Park or just Jefferson Park as it is locally known opened its doors in 1921. Named after the country's third president and the architect of the Declaration of Independence, this park features baseball fields, a soccer field, tennis courts, a playground, an outdoor swimming pool, a spray pool, gymnasium, a brick field-house, youth fitness arcade, club-rooms and an auditorium. The field-house is a hub for cultural activity for all ages. This park also hosts regular crafts and arts programs. There are seasonal chamber concerts held here. It is the home of the popular Jeff Fest, a community event with bands, stalls and local food. Jefferson Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
This historic house was designed by renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright and it was built for the prominent Gale family of the town. This house marks the transition of Wright from traditional designs and adapting modern ideas of architectural designing. Added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Walter Gale House is certainly an architectural landmark.
Visit the home of the famous architect and his family during the formative years of his career. Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright's design masterpiece show off the soaring great room, private gardens and more where the beginnings of his Prairie style came to life. Visitors can also wander through the studio where he produced his landmark designs that challenged conventional architectural ideas. Special events and programs take place year round, be sure the visit the website for more details.
Don't miss out on events hosted by the Copernicus Center — a civic and cultural center. With modern sound equipment and several several venues on-site, it's no wonder that Copernicus Center has hosted everything from musical performances to annual fairs to small local events. Concerts are often held in the center's historic Mitchell P Kobelinski Theater, formally known as the Gateway Theater.
The Leaning Tower of Niles, located in the city of Niles, is a half sized duplicate of the original Leaning Tower in Pisa that is considered its sister city. Built as part of a recreational park by industrialist Robert Ilg in 1934, the tower primarily serves the purpose of storing water for pools. The slab at the bottom of the building pledges this construction to Galilio Galilei, the renowned Italian scientist.
The newly renovated Berens Park offers 3 volleyball courts, 5 soccer fields, a walking/running path, playgrounds all amidst lush tropical greenery. The park also offers a pavilion which features multi-rooms that are made available for parties, meetings, corporate events and rentals. All in all, the park is a reflection of nature's beauty and contributes to many fun day outs.
Learn about the life, work and death of one of America's greatest writers through family photographs, early manuscripts and other memorabilia. Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway, author of The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms and other esteemed works, was born and raised in suburban Oak Park. Explore lesser known parts of his career, such as his on-location reporting of various wars. The museum admission includes a guided tour of Hemingway's birthplace house, which is just up the street.
Upon its completion in 1908, Frank Lloyd Wright said that "Unity Temple makes an entirely new architecture